Funny thing: I saw the tail end of a news crawl that was something about a cartoon character losing a leg in Iraq, and I knew. In all of cartoonland, it occured to me in a flash that there was one obvious candidate: BD in Doonesbury.
I haven’t even read Doonesbury recently to know that BD was in Iraq, but of course he would be. He’s THE conservative out of all the Doonesbury core, as he was when he volunteered to go to Vietnam in order to get out of a college term paper 30+ years ago.
It makes some sense that he would get hit. Trudeau probably thinks of it as a sacrifice for the anti-war effort that he’s giving up a leg on a fictional character. Hey, Trudeau has several decades of emotional investment in drawing this character.
The series starts HERE.
I appreciate the intention of dealing seriously with the war, but I’m skeptical here on grounds of NOT BEING FUNNY. Satire and humor are what the funny papers are for. The two beginning strips of this line don’t have a punch line of any kind. But being modest still cartoons, they don’t have any kind of serious visceral impact either.
I’m just skeptical of this move on an artistic level. But I guess I will actually be watching Doonesbury closer for a while just to see how this storyline plays out.